Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and backbone areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to help you to design a cost-effective infrastructure that meets your specific business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sensible security plan, streamline system management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate seamlessly to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to make sure that you get the highest return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively new networking trends whose net impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things computing and a consequent reliance on massive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Data guzzling rich media applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly advanced threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce costs by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding very little data center space and power use. However this also requires that relatively sparse network resources must support large volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has caused a dramatic increase in the number of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, HD video apps. Social media for business is replacing traditional email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing thirst for data. Businesses who want to stay competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to mine vast and varied silos of information, which as a result generates Big Traffic. All of these trends are relatively new, and put together they cause a critical need for a new generation of switches that offer much higher speed, intelligence, uptime and ease of management than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be supported with predictable high throughput, strict client access management, tight segmentation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with capabilities that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity over 25 Tbps for each chassis, an extensive collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with instant backup switch recovery and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network utilization, and advanced QoS capabilities for critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing features into their network architecture, deploying an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, scale to support future growth, guard sensitive information, and differentiate and manage processes to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with minimal internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues for each port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver optimized performance for all classes of traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches includes modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect workers and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to implement any combination of local facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified management platforms and advanced cybersecurity solutions lower cost of ownership by saving time and protecting critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers plus full multigigabit Ethernet and PoE ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure update for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 family includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput, supports field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports swappable interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking capacity. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking bandwidth. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless performance tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit Ethernet ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, HA fans and power, plus StackPower cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to customize their DNS filtering policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from visiting dangerous websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G stacking capacity and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers 1T stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports IoT-intensive applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering double the throughput and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the modern era of networking impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to high-availability supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first network technology to provide switching rates above 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide as high as 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can combine a selection of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Products Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive backgrounds providing remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting expertise for older Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated switches usually are more expensive to operate and maintain than current switches, provide lower capacity and functionality, and in many situations may expose businesses to compliance and liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to assist you to manage and troubleshoot these older Cisco products and can also assist you to design and implement non-disruptive upgrades to current models from the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Line
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are intended for businesses with as many as 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, scalability, and feature set small businesses need at an economical cost. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to add network appliances such as VoIP phones and closed-circuit cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus optional redundant power supplies with auto switch-over for additional reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps businesses to build a wireless LAN network quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family offers strong protection against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 switches provide basic small-group networking for small to midsize companies. These wire-speed desktop appliances offer IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable switches featuring eight Fast Ethernet ports and one integrated Fast or Gbit uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring closet in cramped areas like on a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small companies and branch offices. Current versions feature either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and provide throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows as many as four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that cuts administrative costs because of one-switch setup. IPv6 FHS technology protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches HelpCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal access-layer switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-office environments, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet options for high productivity while facilitating the installation of key applications including IP telephony, wireless access, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate network-wide intelligent features including quality of service (QoS), rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch has a powerful array of features that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing plus a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to increase availability in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, including PVST+, and Uplink Fast, combined with innovations such as Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 load sharing on backup connections to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and Policy Based Routing improve system scale; PIM improves the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches ConsultantsFor midsized businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series eases integration of converged applications and adapts to evolving business needs by offering configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network patterns, and automatic set up of intelligent network functions. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-volume Gigabit environments and incorporates a wide range of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or midsized deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise network functions, including sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for 1000 Ethernet. StackWise is intended to react to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable performance. Cisco StackWise combines up to nine individual switches into one logical device, using custom stack-interface cables and software. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is directed by a master switch, chosen from one of the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new switches or delete old switches with no service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with six 1-GE ports plus two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes value-priced fixed-configuration managed switches designed for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. These compact appliances have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless design for the 8- models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S family of switches by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring full wireless controller capability that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a single platform managed by one OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for as many as nine switches per stack. All models provide expandable QoS, stateful switchover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can identify and prioritize wireless data by means of Cisco's FNF technology and advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user experience and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification on existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless users per stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch offers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate, offering far reaching connectivity, enhanced security, and a consistent wired/wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE OS software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the high resource utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common resource pool must be used by applications and services that must run in total isolation from each other. EVN streamlines the task of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and includes new technologies including VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with optimized load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches ConsultantsThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor to enable wired plus wireless services on one platform based on Cisco's IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, predictable QoS for wired and Wi-Fi networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover Wi-Fi traffic for world-quality availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired access for each system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled per chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that can deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a total of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available with another module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core switches that share the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of compatible line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and program of continual improvement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and permits you to update your network backbone with little business disruption or IT staff retraining.

Common attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, single-point management to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed network, VSS technology for maximum availability through multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to facilitate client roaming and device mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization features to segment specific user groups and serve the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for aggregation and campus backbone environments that require maximum availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions have three to 13 slots and work with a broad selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series models of Cisco's broad family of 6500 switches work with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4RU chassis, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E supports up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40GE access ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can handle 8 Tbps of capacity. The Catalyst 6513-E switch offers a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40GE access ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or midsize campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps switching bandwidth and features four slots for port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Configured with VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching throughput and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU chassis with 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10GE ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's skills include Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and IT security and compliance assessment and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), OTV, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network specialists also have familiarity with important networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security plan and deploy Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your security policies.

If you require ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, plan, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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